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  • Large and flexible loadspace trumps key rivals
  • Enormous array of cubbies to hide valuables in
  • Will paler interior trims stand the test of time?

A large part of any SUV’s appeal is its practicality and the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is no exception in this respect.

Depending on the specification you choose you’ll find an assortment of storage pockets and cubbies from dash-top lidded ones to drawers under the front seats.

It’s not only where you can carry things, but how they’re stowed. Many Tiguans have a front passenger seat which folds completely over to enable longer items to be swallowed with ease. It’s a really useful feature and complements the 40:20:40 split-folding rear-seat arrangement.

That’s not the back seat’s only trick: in a 60:40 split, the seat base slides forwards and back, increasing the Tiguan’s boot volume from 520 litres to 615 litres in the process.

Those figures outrank the BMW X1 (505 litres), Kia Sportage (503 litres), Nissan Qashqai (430 litres) and Renault Kadjar (472 litres).

It’s worth noting, however, that models fitted with the eHybrid powertrain lose a large chunk of boot space – bringing that load area down to 476 litres. That’s because the location of the batteries under the rear seats has necessitated the re-siting of the petrol tank below the boot floor.

Fold the seats over, creating a near-flat load area, and the VW still leads those key rivals: its 1,655-litre capacity trumps the X1 (1,550 litres), Sportage (1,492 litres), Qashqai (1,585 litres) and Kadjar (1,478 litres).

In fact, there’s precious-little we can fault the Tiguan on, practicality-wise, save for how fresh some of the lighter-hued fabric interior trims might remain once they’ve spent a few months running the gauntlet of family life.

Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Raft of additional safety gear available

Safety is a key consideration when buying an SUV as a family car and the Volkswagen Tiguan is packed with a wealth of standard features, as well as several optional ones, to maintain the security of its occupants. It received a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP when it was tested in 2016. 

All Tiguans come complete with seven airbags – including one for the driver’s knee – as well as a raft of electronic safety aids, such as autonomous emergency braking, reducing the likelihood of you having to experience any of them being deployed.

Pedestrians are offered a further degree of protection thanks to active bonnet mounts which lift the body panel up and away from the engine in the event of a frontal collision.

Depending on the specification chosen, additional safety kit will either be standard or optional at extra cost, including a very effective adaptive cruise control system, a head-up display pod which is a paragon of clarity, automatic main beam for the LED headlamps and various alerts for changing lanes without indicating or reversing out into oncoming traffic.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Tiguan.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Manual sunroof
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Sat Nav
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Manual sunroof
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Elegance optional equipment
None available

Life equipment

Life standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Life optional equipment
  • Audio remote

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
Match optional equipment
None available

Moda equipment

Moda standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Moda optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
R Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

R Line Tech equipment

R Line Tech standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Traction control
R Line Tech optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

R-Line equipment

R-Line standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
R-Line optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
S optional equipment
  • CD

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
SE Nav optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
SEL optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • PAS

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Tiguan was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2016
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 72%
Safety Assist: 68%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.